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Mr. McIndoe

Bruce McIndoe

President, iJet Intelligent Risk Systems

Bruce McIndoe is President of iJET, a 3i-MIND Company. An iJET founder, Bruce has been the key contributor to the company's strategic growth, securing its position as a leader in business resiliency with the development of the Worldcue® Global Control Center. Under Mr. McIndoe's leadership, iJET has grown from a start-up to an established global provider of travel risk management services for more than 500 organizations in the public and private sectors. With many years of experience in intelligence operations and information technology, Mr. McIndoe is a seasoned expert in travel security, intelligence and risk management. He has more than 30 years of experience in the planning, design, development and deployment of a number of large, world-wide intelligence and risk-management systems. He is also involved in the integration of Internet technology and application integration frameworks to support group work throughout the enterprise. Prior to joining iJET, Mr. McIndoe was the founder and CEO of CSSi, an Inc. 500 and four-time Washington Technology FAST 50 company that developed intelligence collection and processing systems for various national intelligence organizations. In addition, he was one of the lead architects for the one of the most productive intelligence programs in the National Security Agency's history. He was also a major contributor to the Future Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Systems Architecture Program and several major Communications Security (COMSEC) programs. Mr. McIndoe holds a Master of Science degree in computer science from Johns Hopkins University and is a trustee of Allegheny College, where he received his Bachelor of Science in physics. He has been cited as a travel security expert on NBC Nightly News and MSNBC and was recently recognized as one of the "Top 25 Most Influential People in the Travel Industry" by Business Travel News. He is an active speaker at conferences and for industry groups such as GBTA, ACTE and NBTA and is an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland University College teaching intelligence related courses.

Mr. McIndoe can be contacted at 410-573-3860 or bruce@ijet.com

Coming up in August 2020...

Food & Beverage: New Technological Innovations

In the past few years, hotel food and beverage departments have experienced significant growth. Managers are realizing just how much revenue potential this sector holds, both in terms of additional revenue and as a means to enhance the guest experience. As a result, substantial investments are being made in F&B operations as a way to satisfy hotel guests but also to keep pace with the competition. Though it has been a trend for many years, the Farm-to-Table movement shows no signs of abating. Hotel chains are abandoning corporate restaurants and are instead partnering with local chefs to create locally-influenced dining options. Local, farm-sourced ingredients paired with specialty beverages or local wine also satisfies the increasing demand from Millennial travelers who are eager to travel sustainably and contribute to a positive impact. A farm-to-table F&B program also helps to support the local economy, which builds community goodwill. Also popular are "Self-Serv" and "Grab & Go" options. These concepts stem from an awareness that a guest's time is limited and if a hotel can supply them with fast, fresh, food and beverage choices, then so much the better for them. Plus, by placing these specialty kiosks in areas that might be traditionally under-utilized (the lobby, for instance), they can become popular destination locations. Of course, there are new technological innovations as well. In-room, on-screen menus allow guests to order from any restaurant on the property, and some hotels are partnering with delivery companies that make it possible for guests to order food from any restaurant in the area. Also, many hotels are implementing in-room, voice-activated devices, so ordering food via an AI-powered assistant will soon become mainstream as well. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these developments and document what some leading hotels are doing to expand this area of their business.